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Is anyone else struggling to find a full time job?!

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My current nanny position will come to an end at the end of the summer after 5 years (5! Yeesh!)

Thought I'd start looking for jobs just to see when its like and I know it's early in the year to look for one but I can't find anything! I'm concerned!!

Argh!!

Am in London btw!

LovelyNanny26 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:15:26

I travel from west london to south love.If I wouldnt want to do it I wouldnt have a job.Ive been with them for 3 years. I work at school in the mornings and a lot of parents are actually taking on polish czech etc. nannies.As one of the parents said They are less demanding and wanting to work hard. No distance should stop you from getting a job.We as nannies need to be stop being picky and expecting 30k jobs a year. If you dont like it change it.

LovelyNanny26 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:19:16

There are 2, 3, 4 day jobs in london.Who with their wright mind would look for FT!!!

Cathyrina Wed 03-Apr-13 18:53:10

DIYapprentice: I would consider being a Nanny/ Housekeeper to have full-time hours but would only be happy to do that in a household with school-aged children so I could do the bit of housework whilst the kids are at school.

LovelyNanny26: Wow 2 hours? That's A LOT, I'm looking to move and for a new job at the same time but set a max. travel of 20-30 minutes... I guess it also does cost tons of money to have such a long journey each day..??

Cathyrina Wed 03-Apr-13 18:54:00

wow I need so much time for my posts 3 others still reply before me haha

Cathyrina Wed 03-Apr-13 18:55:56

LovelyNanny26: well everyone wants/ needs something else, for me personally it's just because it's more money!

I think as qualified, experienced professionals we have earnt the right to be "picky". As a result of the declining standards in nanny employment I have started to apply to jobs outside the industry (admin mostly).
I don't ask for much - £350/£400 net (to be competitive) for live in looking after up to 3 children, nursery duties, all cooking, errands, 12 hours a day, 5 days a week plus two babysits. No breaks.

This works out to be about £6 gross an hour. With a degree and 6 years experience in the industry that's not exactly wealth. And now we're expected to be super flexible, do baby sits at weekends, be less "demanding" just to get a basic wage.

On the face of it, £30k a year sounds like a lot but all in I'd imagine that a FT nanny does twice the standard working week - without breaks.

Sorry, bit ranty but the job hunt is getting me down grin

juneybean Wed 03-Apr-13 20:37:11

"I travel from west london to south love."

How utterly patronising.

LovelyNanny26 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:42:09

I work in London.No its 30 pounds a week travel. The seven where are you looking? Just looked at childcare.com there is loads of part time jobs and live in.

LovelyNanny26 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:44:32

I work in London.No its 30 pounds a week travel. The seven where are you looking? Just looked at childcare.com there is loads of part time jobs and live in.

CandlestickOlder Wed 03-Apr-13 20:56:24

I'd want a full time nanny in London when I have a baby but I'm not sure I can afford it!

How much does full time nannying cost?

Welovegrapes Wed 03-Apr-13 21:01:16

We were offering £10/hour gross for our nanny role which is around top of the rate where we are, but candidates were not interested in our pt job.

We are hiring an ap instead and will pay more than usual top rate for that. We are getting a Uni graduate in English and education (lots of graduates applying from Spain at the moment due to their dire economy), who is happy to do the hours and some cleaning as well. We are saving money and have got a great person who has worked a lot with children.

The irony is that I would have preferred a nanny but have been totally unable to recruit one, despite the number of nannies clearly struggling to get jobs.

Welovegrapes Wed 03-Apr-13 21:03:48

Here is a good place to look at going rates:

www.nannytax.co.uk/2012-nannytax-wages-survey

There aren't many decent live in jobs and PT would be too difficult to manage

LovelyNanny26 Wed 03-Apr-13 21:21:45

How many days did you offer?

CandlestickOlder Wed 03-Apr-13 21:36:35

Crikey 34k a year. I may have to rethink having children confused

Good luck nannies - it's tough out there!

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